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House of Dunbar Part I - Rise of the Earls of Dunbar. von Dunbar, Lyle (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 19.02.2016
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House of Dunbar

Do you know what your last name means? How did you get your last name? Where did your ancestors originate? Do you have any connections to royalty in your family history? Did your ancestors make any contributions to history? I thought about all of those questions, and went looking for the answers related to my Dunbar family name. I discovered that 'Dunbar' meant 'fort on a hill' in the old Gaelic language of Scotland. This name was given to Dunbar Castle, as well as the adjacent town of Dunbar, in southeast Scotland. The owners of Dunbar Castle in the 11th to 15th centuries were Scottish nobles known as the Earls of Dunbar because the name identified the location of their land holdings. By about 1300 in the Middle Ages, surnames were adopted to distinguish individuals within the growing population. The families of the Earls of Dunbar adopted the surname of Dunbar. Most of the Dunbars in the world got their name handed-down from these ancient Earls of Dunbar and the location of Dunbar Castle and Dunbar town. Those with the Dunbar surname should read this story to explore where they fit in the House of Dunbar. Those interested in Scottish history will get an overview plus a description of the role of the Earls of Dunbar in that history. There were many noble families in Scotland, but the Dunbar story is unique due to the rise of the earls to the highest levels of power, and their fall from power, never to be regained. Those with other Scottish names and ancestry may be encouraged to explore their own family history to find their connections to famous people and places in Scottish history.


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 19.02.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483563527
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House of Dunbar

CHAPTER 2 The Author Searches for His Dunbar Scottish Roots The beginnings of the author's research for this House of Dunbar book began in June, 1990, when he first attempted to find his Scottish roots. This story is told in the first person, since the author was traveling alone, and had much time to "talk to himself" to try to understand the House of Dunbar history in Scotland. I was on a business trip to England to attend the annual Farnborough Air Show in London, England. I had never been to Scotland. I had always heard that the Dunbar's were Scottish and there was a Dunbar Castle near the town of Dunbar, Scotland. So I decided to take a side-trip to Scotland to find my Scottish roots. Being a type-A personality, my approach was to knock-out a tour of Scotland and Edinburgh, and learn everything about my Dunbar Scottish roots, in 3 days. I started my trip driving north to Scotland in my rental car on the M1 freeway passing Leicester, Nottingham, and the central Yorkshire counties of England. My drive through the English countryside was getting monotonous and I started daydreaming. I began thinking about why I decided to take this side-trip to Scotland in search of my Dunbar family roots. I was 45 years old, and beginning to reflect on my life history. I was interested in knowing the origins of my Dunbar family name and my Scottish ancestors. In 1790, Edmund Burke wrote in his book Reflections on the Revolution in France that "people will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." Alex Haley in his best-selling book Roots asked himself "where did I come from?" We are a collection of genes from our various ancestors. I wanted to know "who were my ancestors?" Unfortunately, I had not done the research to know the history or genealogy of my Scottish ancestors. I had no idea of the origin of my Dunbar last name, my ancestors' background, and their past contributions to history. I had always heard there was a "Dunbar Castle" in Scotland. So I fantasized that I descended from royalty and my Scottish family was rich and powerful. My objectives were to visit Dunbar Castle, find some evidence of the Dunbar family's past and current presence in Scotland, and visit Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, to get some understanding of Scottish history. The town of Dunbar and the adjacent Dunbar Castle is in southeast Scotland, on the coast of the North Sea, about 60 miles east of Edinburgh. Since there was a Dunbar Castle, I thought there might still be some of my distant Dunbar relatives living in the castle, or in the nearby town of Dunbar. If there was a castle, then I reasoned that these distant Dunbar relatives might be Scottish nobles. At a minimum, I expected to find some information on the past history of my Dunbar family in Scotland by visiting Dunbar Castle, Dunbar town, and Edinburgh. I awoke from my daydreaming to reassess my driving route to Scotland. The M1 freeway was fast but boring. I stopped my rental car at a roadside rest-stop near Darlington to look at my map of northern England and southern Scotland (see Illustration 2-1 at the end of Chapter 2). I noted that I could continue on M1 and the coastal route A1 along the North Sea to Dunbar. I studied the map noting the county of Cumbria in northwest England along the Irish Sea, the county of Northumberland in northeast England along the North Sea, and the county of Durham in north-central England. I decided to take the A68 route through the central highlands of northern England, through the county of Durham, then take the route B6318 through the county of Northumberland from A68 over to A1 on the coast at Alnwick, and follow A1 along the North Sea coast to Dunbar. The A68 route through the county of Durham passed through rolling hills with green pastur

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